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Jets Fans Will Love Ivory

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Chris Ivory of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Robert McClain of the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.
Chris Ivory of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Robert McClain of the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images.

The New York Jets had been using Shonn Greene as their primary running back since 2011. With the Jets off-season acquisition of Chris Ivory, fans will be able to watch an explosive running back.

Jets drafted Greene in the third round of the 2009 draft out of the University of Iowa. Coming out of college, scouts considered him a hard-nosed running back.

Greene had the misfortune of following some very good Jets running backs: Hall of Famer Curtis Martin, Thomas Jones, and future Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson. Greene also had the misfortune of being worse than Martin, Jones, and Tomlinson.

One thing Greene lacked compared to those three running backs is explosive speed.

There are numerous highlights of those three running backs breaking tackles and easily outrunning opposing defenders for huge gains. Greene is not fast enough to do that.

Greene’s 40-yard dash during the NFL Scouting Combine was a 4.62, which is a below average time for running backs. His below average speed made him an inconsistent performer.

A great example of this was last season.

Greene had one game that was unbelievable in a dominating 35-9 week six win over the Indianapolis Colts. He had 32 carries for a career high 164 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

There was optimism among Jets fans that this game would elevate Greene’s season. However, Greene followed this performance by rushing for fewer than 100 yards over the next five games.

Jets fans were constantly frustrated with Greene’s inconsistent performances. This will change now that the Jets made a trade during April’s draft to acquire New Orleans Saints running back Ivory.

Ivory will be a huge upgrade over Greene.

Ivory’s 40-yard dash time during the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine was a 4.49. His time is average to above average for a running back.

The Jets retooled their offensive line during April’s draft by selecting three offensive linemen. This will make it easier for Ivory to find holes in the defense to burst through.

Jets fans will not miss Greene as long as Ivory can stay healthy.

Ivory has been injury-plagued, thus far in his career. Between 2010 and 2012, he only played in 24 games.

This includes Ivory playing in only six games last season.

If Ivory can stay healthy, then Jets fans will be able to witness the team’s best running back since Jones.

With a full slate of carries, 20 or more, for Ivory, he has a chance to become the next great running back for Gang Green. Despite having limited carries with the Saints, he was able to rush for at least 100 yards in four games.

This includes a 2010 week 13 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals when he had 15 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns. If Ivory can produce performances like that for the Jets, then he will make it easy for Jets fans to forget about Greene.